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Next Appearance Sheds Spotlight on Evaluation of Ekurhuleni Serial Rapist



Ekurhuleni serial rapist

The scrutinisation of the record of Nkosinathi Phakathi, the Ekurhuleni serial rapist, is highlighting his next court date for the 27th of March. Previously, Adv Kgokane, Phakathi’s lawyer, had appealed to the court to see if his client was mentally fit enough to stand trial. The day’s highlight is the psychiatrist’s report, which is to arrive at the Pretoria High Court and should buttress whether Phakathi is fit to stand trial.

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In the previous Magistrate’s Court (Palm Ridge) proceeding where he appeared, it was decided that Phakathi must undergo psychological evaluation. Letau Kgokane, an advocate, pointed out that the psychiatrist should be consulted for thorough and appropriate psychiatric care. Ms Lynette Roux, the defence’s clinical psychologist, described various evidence of depression and schizophrenia that Phakathi exhibited, such as emotional lability. Roue’s report displayed that Phakathi swore to hear voices instructing him on who to direct during his criminal activities.

The further hearing of the case has been scheduled for the 4th of March at the Benoni Regional Court. Phakathi got a string of charges varying from rape to abduction and robbery, where the youngest victim was only 10 years old and the oldest, 44. He was finally pinned down in March of 2021 following his long years on the run, a timeline which goes back to the series of reported rape cases that took place from the year 2012 up to March 2021.

Source: Ekurhuleni serial rapist evaluation under spotlight at next appearance


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